Lighting to Thrill: Five Stylish Lights from designEX 2013

designEX 2013

Last week, designEX celebrated its 25th exhibition in Melbourne and while flooring and textiles seemed to dominate the show floor, there were some impressive lighting products featured.

The lighting products were virtually all ethically green, but beyond their energy saving attributes, it was obvious that lighting has quickly moved from a purely functional addition to a field that offers visually rich and flexible decoration opportunities.

Sculptural lighting pieces were popular, as were simple, organic shaped lights, and clustered pendants were suspended upon many stands. The resurgence of crystals in interior design was evident as they were found within lighting pieces and other furnishings, while lights were housed in materials including brass, steel and wood.

The following five lighting products reflect great visual composition and process in their production:

1. Latitude

Latitude Lighting

Image: Flynn Talbot

The geographically-inspired Latitude light by Flynn Talbot encourages users to control the light direction angle, either “uplighting, spotlighting or downlighting,” according to Talbot.

The lights are housed within spherical wire structures that come in white, grey or teal and the suspension cable can be mounted anywhere within the wire offering flexibility of the light placement.

Designed and manufactured in Australia,  Latitude is 650 millimetres by 550 millimetres with a mini version soon due for release.

 2. Cachet

Cachet Lighting

Image: Yellow Goat Design

Suspended above the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar was Yellow Goat Design’s opulent Cachet light design.

Spanning two metres in diameter, the visually striking light emulates a “giant diamond encrusted watch band” and is constructed from brass-finished plate, stainless steel wire and crystals.

Although considered a lighting product, Cachet has no actual lighting embedded into the piece and relies on external sources to illuminate the brass and crystals.

3. Mr. Dowel Jones Lamp

Mr Dowel Jones Lamp


Designed by Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch of LAB DE STU, the Mr. Dowel Jones desk lamp is constructed from rubber and Tasmanian Oak through the additive layering process of fused deposition modelling.

The rubber, which was manufactured in Melbourne, was used to increase the flexibility of the product while different sized dowels can be used to change the overall proportions of the light.

The lamp comes flat packed with simple assembly and the tripod wooden legs of Mr. Dowel Jones are designed to minimise the desk space used.

4. Rain Cloud Chandelier

Rain Cloud Chandelier

Image: Online Arc

Made in Melbourne and designed by Ilan El, the creative engine behind ilanel Design Studio, the Rain Cloud chandelier features a cluster of 10 hand-made aluminium flutes that are created through an organic process called Linish.

Hung from an aluminium canopy, each flute is called a Rain Drop. When featured alone, the rain drops create a minimalist statement but in the case of the chandelier, they become engagingly bright.

The flutes deliver light from either a low voltage halogen or LED lamp and, in ilanel’s words, the chandelier “captures the shimmery sparkle of raindrops frozen in descent and voices a whimsy chime of flutes.”

5. D900 Curve v2

D900 Curve v2

Image: Brightgreen

Brightgreen has released the next generation of its D900 Curve product which incorporates Tru-Colour 95CRI (Colour Rendering Index), the highest score of any LED on the market.

Users can target the light of the D900 Curve v2 by tilting it up to 30 degrees in any direction and the light is completely airtight, reducing heating and cooling costs.

When housed within one of the interchangeable fascias, the energy efficient light makes for a colourful statement.

 By Angela Fedele
Top Image: D Hub
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